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New T-Mobile campaign aims at Sprint customers

Starting next week, T-Mobile’s refer-a-friend campaign will reward its own subscribers and the friends recruited from other carriers with one year of unlimited data, the company said Thursday. The wireless provider will also give its customers a $25 bonus to spend at T-Mobile for each referral, according to the company’s website.

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HOK will acquire Kansas City-based 360 Architecture

HOK, an architecture, engineering and design company with offices in 23 cities around the world, will have a Kansas City footprint again with its acquisition of 360 Architecture. The leading designer of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation centers and entertainment districts will re-energize HOK’s sports facility business, a practice it spun off in 2008.

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Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree.

Restaurant, grocery store inspections for Aug. 20

Area restaurants and grocery stores cited for 7 or more priority and critical violations: Supermart El Torito, Abarrotes Durango, Kanz’s City Pizza & Burgerz, L.C.’s BBQ, Rock & Brews, Casa Agave 2, Drunken Fish, Ariana Restaurant, Duke’s on Grand Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection

KC home building dips slightly in July

The Home Builders Association said 358 permits for single-family homes were issued last month in the Kansas City area, down from 409 in July 2013. Through the first seven months of 2014, however, building activity remains on track for its best year since 2007.

Women’s Equality Week events set in Kansas City

Under the banner of “Pushing Back/Marching Forward,” Women’s Equality Week will be observed Sunday through Saturday by multiple organizations in the Kansas City area. Panels focused on pay equity, the power of the vote, and civil rights will be part of the commemoration Aug. 24-30.

Restaurant, grocery store inspections for Aug. 20

Area restaurants and grocery stores cited for 7 or more priority and critical violations: Supermart El Torito, Abarrotes Durango, Kanz’s City Pizza & Burgerz, L.C.’s BBQ, Rock & Brews, Casa Agave 2, Drunken Fish, Ariana Restaurant, Duke’s on Grand Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection

KC home building dips slightly in July

The Home Builders Association said 358 permits for single-family homes were issued last month in the Kansas City area, down from 409 in July 2013. Through the first seven months of 2014, however, building activity remains on track for its best year since 2007.

Women’s Equality Week events set in Kansas City

Under the banner of “Pushing Back/Marching Forward,” Women’s Equality Week will be observed Sunday through Saturday by multiple organizations in the Kansas City area. Panels focused on pay equity, the power of the vote, and civil rights will be part of the commemoration Aug. 24-30.

Today's Market

Stocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high

U.S. stocks were on pace for a fourth-straight day of gains Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to beat its record high close set last month. Investors were encouraged by a report that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago. Trading remains light with many investors out on vacation.

Steer clear of financial aid fraudsters

Families lose money to fraudulent financial aid scams every year, according to federal officials. And with many college application deadlines just months away, this is prime time for thieves to make their pitches to a fresh batch of targets.

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.

Stocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high

U.S. stocks were on pace for a fourth-straight day of gains Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to beat its record high close set last month. Investors were encouraged by a report that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago. Trading remains light with many investors out on vacation.

Steer clear of financial aid fraudsters

Families lose money to fraudulent financial aid scams every year, according to federal officials. And with many college application deadlines just months away, this is prime time for thieves to make their pitches to a fresh batch of targets.

Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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